With so much Christmas-based fun to enjoy during the festive period, plus the little issue of buying presents for all your loved ones and traversing the country to see them all, it’s hard to decide what to do when you have a bit of time off!
With Christmas markets, shopping extravaganzas, pantos and carol services, it can all get a bit overwhelming. There is one festive activity however that you can be sure will be a hit with the whole family – ice-skating.
There is something very romantic about ice-skating, especially at Christmas and at an outdoor rink (rather than indoors with the Top 40 ringing in your ear.) So with that in mind, here are some of the best outdoor rinks the UK has to offer this Christmas – get your skates on!
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, London
One of the biggest and best Christmas spectaculars in the country, Hyde Park is transformed into a gleaming winter wonderland over the festive period. There’s plenty of stalls for last-minute gift ideas and food, a giant ferris wheel, but the jewel in the crown is by far the charming ice rink which surrounds the Victorian Bandstand.
Twinkling with fairy lights and accompanied by all the classic Christmas tunes, this ice-skating experience never fails to get everyone in the festive spirit. Finish off that all-important Christmas shopping and make a weekend of it by checking out one of our London hotels.
Winter Wonderland, Cardiff
Now in its 12th year, Cardiff’s very own Winter Wonderland is a joy to behold in the impressive Edwardian surroundings of the City Hall and university architecture.
Added to all the cafes, live music and even a ferris wheel, is the outdoor ice rink – a splendid place to skate away your festive worries and get into the mood before the inevitable Christmas rush!
If you fancy checking out what else the Welsh capital has to offer, check into one of our Cardiff hotels for a few days!
Skate at Somerset House
If there’s one ice-skating venue that attracts the stars then Somerset House’s annual Skate event is certainly the place for some celeb-spotting. Don’t be surprised if you see ‘Rear of the Year’ Pippa Middleton, flamboyant singer Paloma Faith plus anyone who’s anyone from the fashion industry as this is the ice rink of choice for the great and good of the capital.
There are club nights featuring top DJs on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays while the entertainment after skating is top notch too. Celeb chef Tom Aikens hosts Tom’s Skate Lounge with fantastic food and cocktails, plus, the Savoy is just down the road if you really want to make a night of it!
Set in the shadows of this magnificent landmark house, this is certainly an ice skating experience you won’t want to miss. Check out our London hotels if you want to finish off that last minute Christmas shopping down Oxford Street!